The biology of rarity: Patterns, causes and consequences.

  title={The biology of rarity: Patterns, causes and consequences.},
  author={William E Kunin and Kevin J. Gaston},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={8 8},
There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that locally rare and geographically restricted species may have characteristics that differ from those of taxa that are more common. Several studies show that rare taxa have lower levels of self-incompatibility, a tendency toward asexual reproductive pathways, lower overall reproductive effort and poorer dispersal abilities. There are several mechanisms that could be responsible for such differences, but they may in practice be difficult to… CONTINUE READING
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